1. A thoughtful if gruesome review on Slate of Timothy Synder’s new book Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin which delves into the perennial question of the relative evil of the two dictators’ crimes. The measurement of evil is a tough question – the Sermon on the Mount notwithstanding (…) – even when cannibalism isn’t a factor. As reviewer Ron Rosenbaum asks, in light of the atrocities, “Must we readjust radically downward our vision of human nature?” The article (and book) may not be for the remotely squeamish – it’s horrifying in fact [fair warning] – but that doesn’t prevent…

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